Toronto standing pat at next Trade Deadline

Toronto standing pat at next Trade Deadline

ARLINGTON -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not anticipate the team making any additional moves prior to the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline.

There is still time for that to change, but Anthopoulos seems content with his current roster. The Blue Jays overhauled the roster a few weeks ago when they acquired David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, Ben Revere and Mark Lowe in a series of major deals.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline was July 31, but clubs have until the end of this month to make trades. It's a more complicated process, because players must clear waivers or instead be moved to the team that puts in a claim. Anyone acquired after Aug. 31 would not be eligible for postseason play.

"I'd say unlikely at this point," Anthopoulos said on Wednesday evening when asked about the possibility of another trade. "We have five days left, anything can happen, but right now I wouldn't expect us to do anything."

Anthopoulos made one move earlier this month when he acquired infielder Cliff Pennington from the D-backs. The club didn't say it at the time, but the trade was made because there were serious doubts about whether second baseman Devon Travis would be able to return this season.

Travis is holding out hope for a possible return, but the Blue Jays seem less optimistic about his chances. He has yet to resume swinging a bat, and with the Minor League season coming to an end on Sept. 7, it appears as though he is running out of time.

The addition of Pennington gave the Blue Jays a platoon partner for Ryan Goins, and with a potent lineup, the club appears content to focus on defense for the position.

"Just the way things were going, the way things were progressing, knowing the last time [he got hurt] it had taken six weeks, and it just seemed like at the time he was recovering even slower than the last time," Anthopoulos said of Travis. "Because even last time, he was recovering, but it was start and stop, he was getting better, he played in some games, then we had to shut him down again.

"It wasn't even to that point. I was just worried about our middle-infield depth. Johnny Diaz has been up and down, he's had some arm issues in the Minor Leagues, we had [Munenori] Kawasaki, and Steve Tolleson just decided he didn't want to play any more."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.